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Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto, Private Tour from Catania

Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto, Private Tour from Catania

By Sicily Day By Day

Ages 0-120
Duration: 8–9 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Italian, French, Spanish
Written guide
Print or digital reading material such as a guide, map, brochure, etc.
: English, Italian, French, Spanish

  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi on board
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Parking Fees
  • Driver
  • Entry/Admission - Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
What's not included
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Tickets to the historical sites

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • When the pick-up at the hotel is difficult for the driver, we arrange a meeting point close to your accommodation.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Port of Catania
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Stroller accessible
        • Service animals allowed
        • Near public transportation
        • Infants must sit on laps
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66202P26

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
        • Most travelers can participate
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 66202P26

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        • Sicily Day By Day
          Catania, Italy
          Joined in September 2017
        • jos348
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Good transfer service, but a bit pricey
          Overall good, but a bit expensive for what you get (read below for full details). This is essentially a transfer service which you share with others. We had 6 other people with us (8 total + driver), and because the mini van wasn't very big, it was a little tight (nothing too bad, but it wasn't spacious). Your driver is not a guide, he will only give you a leaflet and will point out the entrance to attractions, he will then meet you back at a certain time and you will leave for the next destination. Our driver Antonio was great and bent over and backwards to make sure we were happy and satisfied. He cracked jokes and was generally a safe driver (by Italian standards!). Pick up from Catania wasn't rushed, which means we didn't get to the first stop until after 11am. Because of this, there was a lot of traffic. The Archaeological Park in Siracuse is very expensive and tickets are not included (16.5 euro per person). You have the option of waiting until everyone is done exploring (which I would recommend, it is so not worth it). Around 1pm Antonio took us to Ortigia in the van, so that he could point out the various spots of interest. The streets were narrow, there were lots of pedestrians, so this took a really long time. We had to fully embrace the "no rush" mentality of Italians, otherwise we would be so frustrated at how inefficiently we were using our time (driving slowly through Ortigia, instead of walking through it...). And then we turned around and went back to where we came from to have lunch. That took almost an hour... but remember, like the Italians, you are not in a rush... The lunch was great! It was in a little bakery and you could pick whatever you wanted to eat - pizza, arancini, baked aubergines, potatoes, mozarella sticks etc. (you could take ALL of this, not 1 of these things). The dish is warmed up for you and although it's not the best food you will eat in Italy it was plentiful, hot, kept us full until the evening and it was included in the price! We even got some wine to go with the lunch - amazing! Again Antonio went above and beyond. We got some coffee and a dessert and I was too full to even walk out of there ;) We then had 2h in Ortigia which didn't feel like enough time, it's such a beautiful place. Wish we had 3h to walk around instead of that drive through... but we really enjoyed our time there. We met with Antonio after our 2h were up, and we were off to Noto. We arrived around 6pm in Noto and had an hour to walk around. It's a small little town but quite cute and we enjoyed a granita on the steps. It was a relaxing end to our trip. Antonio mentioned that in the summer he changes the order of the activities so that you visit the Archaeological Park last, as it gets really hot during the day. We then got back to Catania around 8:30pm. We had to move our dinner reservation as we expected to get back much earlier, but again, Antonio was an angel and helped us with that. He was 10/10. To sum up: this is a transfer service with lunch included, no guide and no tickets to the Archaeological Park included. Give the Arch. Park a miss, it's not worth your time and money. Lunch was fab, Ortigia was fab, Noto was good, the driver Antonio was fabulous, this is a no rush trip so don't expect efficient use of time - you're on holiday!
          Written May 26, 2024
        • Claire O
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent tour with Marco
          We really enjoyed our trip to Savoca, Castelmola & Taormina. Marco is an excellent guide - very knowledgeable and helpful. We definitely recommend this tour.
          Written May 7, 2024
        • susanlV5680TD
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Day trip to Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto from Catania
          It was a lovely day, and our guide was so pleasant and informative. I highly recommend this tour. He gave us a lot of extra information and we had a tasty lunch too with wine!
          Written April 22, 2024
        • 103tinod
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great experience visiting Savoca, Castelmola and Taormina.
          The driver and guide, Davide, spoke fluently in two languages for the general enjoyment of two Americans who spoke English only, me a fluent Canadian with Italian heritage and an Italian visiting her spouse studying at the U of Catania. Davide gave good background about what were going to see, went out of his way to make everyone comfortable and drove with courage and caution through Catania morning and evening commuter traffic. Savoca was a little disappointing as the “Michael Corleone” wedding church was closed. Lunch in Castelmola was pre-ordered but was lovely. Very good pasta al la Norma and bruschetta two ways was enjoyed by everyone. Over all good value. Great service.
          Written March 15, 2024
        • _rcholder
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent tour, but microphone needed in van. Backseat passengers can’t hear driver/guide commentary. Xxxxxxxxxxxx
          Written March 12, 2024
        • trevorpP7058AU
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great day out
          Our driver and guide (Flo) was fabulous she was so passionate about Sicily her knowledge was amazing . Flo made sure we were looked after all day and experienced everything we could in one day many thanks Flo
          Written October 8, 2023
        • 87hb
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing historical site and landmark
          One of the largest archaeological sites in the Mediterranean and a UNESCO world heritage site. The site has 8 temples, constructed in dedication to Greek Gods 2500 years ago, with impressive sections still standing, and evidence of collapsed temples still remain. It is considered second to Athens’ Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It was a fascinating part of our stay, and a unique opportunity to be absorbed in history and witness 1st hand how temples were constructed. Advice is to arrive early in the day, or later, avoiding midday sun as there is little shade and a lot of walking. Scala Dei Turchi - interpreted as Turkish Stairs one of mothers natures gifts. Steps made from granite and chalk that shelter the sea. Access is via a steep stepped path, so requires reasonable fitness to complete. Parking is available on the roadside above, but was very busy when we visited in late August. We were also unable to access the stairs as it has been cordoned off, but was able to get close to see the beautiful landmark. Worth visiting both on the same day.
          Written September 9, 2023
        • CaroleL798
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A long day but a great one!
          A long day but a very worthwhile trip to see such wonderful Greek and Roman sites, particularly the mosaic floors. The lunch was provided, including wine and water! I would highly recommend this tour.
          Written September 7, 2023
        • Coopper29
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          This is an outstanding place to visit, the condition of the temples is amazing considering they are from 600bc, a must visit place.
          Written May 28, 2023
        • TravellingTracey28
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing ❤️
          Booked three tours with Sicily Day by Day (this being one of them) and what can I say but what a pleasure to deal with such an amazing tour company. We've booked some tours over the years but Sicily by Day by Day have to be the best! Customer service and communication first class. Tour guides exemplary. Reasonable prices. I've never seen so much passion from tour guides from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you everyone, you made our first tour to Sicily a very special one ❤️
          Written April 14, 2023
        • johannl217
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Beautiful cities and panorama
          Very nice tour, the panorama from Savoca and Castelmola is incredible. I would have like more time in Taormina though, with a chance to reach the beaches there. The guide was very friendly, but didn't stay with the group at the different locations. I guess this is for parking reasons, that are a real challenge in all the three visited cities ! Anyway, it's an easy and efficient way to visit the oriental border of Sicily.
          Written October 4, 2022
        • Michelle B
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent customer service and great driver!!
          We booked a tour through Helena who was very efficient and quickly responded to all my emails. She arranged an excellent wine tasting and light lunch at a beautiful local winery. Our driver Antonio was an absolute joy. On the drive to the winery, he entertained us with local knowledge, facts, and stories. He did everything he could to ensure all 9 people in our group had a wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend this company!
          Written October 3, 2022
        • J4791VDmartynas
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Beautiful experience
          Very well organized trip, we had so much fun. Our driver Antonio was amazing, showed us beautiful views on the way to wineries. Very well spent time, we visited 2 wineries where wine was absolutely delicious. Would recommend this trip 100 %.
          Written October 3, 2022
        • philiplk
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Etna taormina tour
          I took the etna and taormina tour with this company and the driver came to pick me up at my hotel and we drove to etna. Problem was the driver was an older Italian who didn't understand or speak a word of English making it impossible to communicate with him. Due to the comm gap I didn't know that we had an etna guide at the meeting point who will bring us for the hike and cave exploration. Thankfully this guide explained everything in English. The etna hike was good with beautiful views and pleasant weather but very windy at times. The cave we went into was disappointing , extremely small with 2 caverns and that was it. The lunch provided was OK and mostly an opportunity to promote the wine they produced. After lunch driver took to taormina where we given 1.5 hrs to explore ourselves. Again I had to call the office to translate what the drive was saying regarding the timing and meeting point. Could have been a more enjoyable experience if they got an English speaking driver.
          Written August 17, 2022
        • atc25
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          10 stars if possible!
          The company made it possible for our group to visit our must-see sights in Sicily during our brief one-week stay without the hassle of renting a car and driving. We used their transfer services from Catania to Taormina and from Taormina to Palermo with a 3-hour stop in Cefalu. We also joined 3 of their day trips, namely, Siracusa/Ortygia/Noto; Agrigento and Turkish Steps; and Mt. Etna hike. Excellent and reliable service and everything went smoothly according to our plans without hassles. We really enjoyed all our tours, guides and driver. All the day tours included a substantial snack/lunch with wine/drinks and they will pick you up and drop you at your hotel. All you really need to do is just show up! I communicated extensively with them through emails before our trip and they were quick to respond and addressed all my requirements. Because they offer extensive services, they were able to tailor the transfers to our needs. It was so easy to just deal with one company to provide all our tours and transfers. There are still many spots to visit in Sicily and I won't hesitate to use them again and recommend them to our friends. Thank you Sicily Day by Day (Danilo, Helena and Antonio) for an extraordinary trip!
          Written May 1, 2022
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        4.5 of 5 bubbles3 reviews
        Very good

        22 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2021 • Family
        Graziana and Rosaria told me about this tour after I ve booked Etna tour. It was first excursion in Catania and it was awesome. Our guide Gioelle let us easy through thousands years of Sicilian history, it was remarkable, my 11 years old son also wasn't bored ;). Gioelle respected our personal interests and answered all our questions, gave us best individual recommendations for the free time in Noto. The food and vine were very delicious. Thank you very much!
        Written July 13, 2021
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